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How To Pass The CPA Exam: The IPassTheCPAExam.com Guide for International Candidates by Stephanie Ng

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CHAPTER 6

How to Become More Efficient and Effective

As an aspiring CPA, you probably have gone through years of studying and have figured out the most common ways to do this effectively. Therefore, I am not going to bore you with cliché advice. I hope the following suggestions give you fresh ideas to motivate yourself to success.

To find ways to study effectively, let us talk about factors that have prevented us from doing so. Exam takers all over the world are troubled by:

  • Not having enough time to study.
  • Stressing out.
  • Seeing little progress despite hard work.

To solve these problems, I show you how to:

  • Create 25 hours in a day.
  • Transform your stress into strength.
  • Analyze your mistakes and make them your friends.

Create 25 Hours in a Day

In other words, how do you create additional time previously thought impossible? You can do this by:

  • Identifying the time that has been spent unproductively.
  • Supercharging yourself and make your 24 hours worth 25 hours or more.

Create More Productive Time

Trick Yourself into Getting Up Early

Try getting up an hour or two early to study. I am sure you have given this a thought but it is difficult to keep up. Here is the trick: If you manage to force yourself to get up and stay awake for five seconds, you won’t fall back and snooze away. Here are three suggestions that work for me:

1. Prepare a wet towel on the bedside table the night before, and throw it on your face when you hear the alarm clock.
2. Place your favorite snack on the ...

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